Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - 252 pages
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
My Review: 3.5 stars
Creepy is the first word that comes to mind after reading this book but on the other hand, I flipped the pages with the same feeling you get watching a train wreck. I was scared and wigged out, yet I couldn’t stop reading. Ms. Flynn is excellent at creating highly damaged characters yet is a very succinct writer, as the protagonist, Camille, is very closed off and offers very little of herself. Beyond the mystery/murders that Camille is in Wind Gap to write about, so much more is offered from this short little book. Family ties, delicate strings that hold mother and daughter together, small town hierarchy and the self-esteem issues that come along with your position in town are abundant. I did like the ending,-” however I felt it was a little too rushed as I wanted to know if this “scoop” would perhaps change her career status and her self esteem as a writer.
Quotes I liked:
- “it’s the only way to truly keep your child. Kids grow up, they forge more potent allegiances. They find a spouse or a lover. They will not be buried with you. The Keenes, however will remain the purest form of family. Underground.”
- “A child weaned on poison considers harm a comfort.”
Tags: 2013, Fiction, Mystery
Labels: 2013, Fiction, Mystery